Heroes vs. Villians

I am supposed to be taking care of the blog while Ren is gone. Sorry… I am doing a pretty poor job. I’m like the baby-sitter that watches TV the whole time…. Anyway, today I have been thinking a lot of about villains and heroes. They are both fun to write, but have unique challenges.
For example, how do you write a villain that is not two-dimensional? Do you give you villain a “human side”? Or, harder still, how do you write a hero that has flaws and is likeable?

In my first attempt at writing- the epic Rosaline…*cough cough*- I gave her so many flaws that in the end, when she was shot (yes that’s right, I shot her in the end of the book), I was glad to see her go.

Its a careful balance. How do you keep it in check? Who are some of your top villains or heroes?



  1. Chantele Sedgwick on May 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Oh..um…sorry. I just had to wipe the drool off my keyboard from looking at the picture of Legolas. Yummy. 🙂
    I like to give my villains flaws. Somewhere, deep down, most villains still have a heart. Or a weakness. I love having my hero find that weakness and make the villain re-think things. Sometimes they redeem themselves, sometimes they don’t. It all depends on the villain and his/her motives and backstory. 🙂
    Obviously I love writing villains. 🙂

  2. K.D. Kinney on May 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Oh man, and I was drooling because of Mr. Darcy.
    I like giving heroes flaws and villains MEGA flaws. My villain starts out mostly human and ends up utterly despicable. Granted, she hasn’t been shot yet, but she’ll get hers. 🙂
    I just started blogging over at http://www.3pointperspective.blogspot.com. Feel free to come check it out! Thanks for the great post!

  3. Ruth on May 12, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I like villians who have some sort of redeeming quality. The ones you secretly kinda like because of that one thing.

    And I’ll take any hero that isn’t annoyingly good. Who always does the right thing? It’s human nature to make mistakes.

  4. Renee Collins on May 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

    But Diana, posting pictures of hot guys IStaking good care of the blog. 🙂

  5. Renee Collins on May 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

    oops, missed a space . . .

  6. Ruth on May 14, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Apparently Blogger is a villain. Or a hero with flaws. Hmm…

  7. Diana on May 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Ruth- LOL:) Awesome.

  8. Miriam Forster on May 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hahaha! I like understated villains with lots of creepiness, or ordinary people who make a series of bad choices and justifications until they become the villain.

  9. b&b breakfast on July 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

    superb !

  10. JARDINES Y CASAS on July 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Good series!